Focus on future
Benalla P-12 College Year 10 students visited two regional university campuses last week as part of their Headstart program.
La Trobe University in Wodonga hosted students, providing them with a guided tour of their library, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, specialised medical teaching facilities and student accommodation.
Staff spoke about the range of undergraduate courses available to students.
They also explained how to apply for ‘‘Aspire’’, an early admissions program, which several graduating Year 12 students from Benalla P-12 College have been offered this year.
The Charles Sturt University campus near Albury, also provi- ded students with an extensive tour including alternatives for student accommodation.
The tour guide showed students the allied health facilities which simulate the real-work environments of podiatry, dentistry, physiotherapy and pharmacy.
As a result of this excursion, these students who have just finished Year 9, now know much more about possible pathways and university life.
They have taken home reading material about what both universities have to offer and what is required to begin a course.
During the next few years they will be encouraged to learn more about possible tertiary opportunities and the subjects they need to study successfully school.
Students were accompanied by a team of Benalla P-12 College staff who will assist them with pathway choices in the years to come.
Staff who joined them were careers and pathways coordinator Kellie Cairncross, school-based apprenticeships, VET and work experience coordinator Molly Craig, senior school leader Jo Martin and pathways to retention coordinator Sue Oakley.
All of these staff will have offices in the new senior school building or the Year 9 Centre next year and are available for appointments by phoning Benalla P-12 College office on 5761 2777.
Checking it out: Benalla P-12 students Gertie McCallum, Casey Stovell, Eshaya Rhodes-Orton, Lilly-Rose Evans, Maddie Stovell and Molly Ferwerda with their information packs at Charles Sturt University.